Seminar on Cultural Politics of Tibet in the PRC

Drifting in the Mirage of Tibetan Landscape: Geopoetics, Buddhist Spirituality and Materialism in China

Dan Smyer Yu, Distinguished Professor at Yunnan Minzu University

Friday, January 29, 2016 at 4 – 5pm

Elliott School of International Affairs

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Professor Dan Smyer Yu discussed his recent book, Mindscaping the Landscape of Tibet: Place, Memorability, Ecoaesthetics (De Gruyter 2015), which addresses “the mirage effect” of Tibetan landscape in the spread of Tibetan Buddhism, tourism development, and the creative works of writers and artists in China.

Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 10.40.45 PMDan Smyer Yu is Distinguished Professor and Founding Director of Center for Trans-Himalayan Studies at Yunnan Minzu University. Prior to this appointment he was a core member of the Transregional Research Network (CETREN) at University of Göttingen, and a Research Group Leader at Max Planck Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity. He received his doctoral degree in anthropology from the University of California at Davis in 2006, specializing in trans-regional studies of ethnic relations, religious revitalizations, Sino-Tibetan Buddhist interactions, and globalization. He is a prolific scholar. His recent publications include The Spread of Tibetan Buddhism in China: Charisma, Money, Enlightenment (monograph, Routledge 2011) and Mindscaping the Landscape of Tibet: Place, Memorability, Eco-aesthetics (monograph, De Gruyter 2015). His current research directions are transboundary governance of natural and human heritages, water and religious diversity, religion and peacebuilding, comparative studies of secularisms in the greater Himalayan region. He is also a documentary filmmaker. His widely screened films include Embrace(50 min. Tibetan mountain culture and ecology 2011) and Rainbow Rider(55 min. Tibetan Buddhism in China 2013).

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